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"Tamte dzieci potrzebują kobiety."

Translation:Those children need a woman.

December 21, 2015



Being a widower for seven years, I could use one also.


At this stage I'm convinced that even Polish people don't know how Polish works


Sheeesh! No one promised it would be easy.


"potrzebować" takes Genitive.

But using Accusative with it is quite a common mistake among the natives.


These children need a woman should have been accepted


I find sentence confusing. In english we would not say that those children need a woman. It makes it sound slighty slighty perverted. Maybe Those children need a mother or adult.


Mistake here, its singular noun


"kobiety"? Yes, "potrzebować" takes Genitive, so "kobiety" here is a Genitive singular form.


How do we know it's genitive? Are we supposed to memorize every verb and what case they take? Or is there a hint in the word?


You need to understand which verbs take a direct object (Accusative) and which take an indirect object (Dative, which I believe you haven't encountered yet).

Then I'm afraid you actually need to memorize those verbs that take a direct object in Genitive, so they are exceptions to the usual rule. But not that many common verbs do that. This post lists such verbs in Part 8: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/16569658 - only some of those are even taught in this course.


Sorry, but has everyone missed it??!!!! 10 letters for the polish word to mean need, which is only 4 in English. And then is spelt 8 different ways so far for meaning need!!!


So obviously stupid, what context would this make sense? Those children need a mother. Such a simple change far less stupid


So just treat it as a vocabulary/grammar exercise. It's not a parenting course.


Kobiety is plural woman is singular. This is an error.


"kobiety" is also genitive singular and the verb "potrzebować" requires the genitive. It's not an error.


Just to make it clear, if it was plural, it would be "tamte dzieci potrzebują kobiet".

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